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After two collapses, a third Vale dam at ‘imminent risk of rupture’

Vale, the Brazilian mining company responsible for two deadly dam collapses since 2015, has another dam that’s at “imminent risk of rupture,” a government audit warns. The Xingu dam at Vale’s Alegria mine in Mariana municipality, Minas Gerais state, has been retired since 1998, but excess water in the mining waste that it’s holding back … Continue reading After two collapses, a third Vale dam at ‘imminent risk of rupture’

The Rush For White Gold [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

by Austin Price, for Earth Island Journal SIXTEEN MILLION YEARS AGO, a volcano erupted over the Yellowstone hotspot near the present-day border of Oregon and Nevada. The blast expelled 1,000 cubic kilometers of rhyolite lava as the land collapsed into a 30-mile-long, keyhole-shaped caldera. Magma, ash, and other sediments entered the keyhole, and for the … Continue reading The Rush For White Gold [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Armed miners launch violent attacks on Yanomami in Brazil

Originally published in Survival International Featured image: Gold miners work illegally on the Yanomami’s land, Brazil, 2003. © Colin Jones/Survival Heavily armed goldminers have launched a series of attacks on the Yanomami community of Palimiú in the northern Amazon. Hutukara Yanomami Association reports that on May 16, 15 boats full of miners opened fire on … Continue reading Armed miners launch violent attacks on Yanomami in Brazil

Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Corporations, not wildlife, stand to benefit from the emptied lands. Featured image: Protests in Cali against Duque’s and Carrasquilla’s tax reforms Photo by Remux under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International licence By Justin Podur Colombia witnessed a series of mass protests at the end of April following a call for a national strike. Still ongoing, the protests have … Continue reading Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Revealed: Bolsonaro’s plan to wipe out “the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes”

The Brazilian government is planning to open up the land of uncontacted tribes to deadly exploitation, by scrapping the emergency orders that currently protect their territories. This article originally appeared on Survival International’s website. Featured image: Tamandua and Baita, two Piripkura men who are among the last survivors of their people. Their territory is shielded … Continue reading Revealed: Bolsonaro’s plan to wipe out “the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes”

The Green Flame: Four Months at Protect Thacker Pass

The protection camp at Thacker Pass, Peehee mu’huh, has been in place for more than four months. This episode is an update starting with a new recording from May 18th, as well as audio from recent video updates recorded on-site by Max Wilbert over the past month or so. Poem “Newspeak” by Trinity La Fey. … Continue reading The Green Flame: Four Months at Protect Thacker Pass

On an island scarred by tin mining, mangrove planting preserves shrimp tradition

Mining, aquaculture, plantations and other commercial activities have taken a toll on mangroves in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest extent of these important ecosystems. On the Bangka-Belitung islands off Sumatra, residents of one village are doing their part to maintain the mangroves through replanting. For the Batu Betumpang villagers, the mangroves are the source … Continue reading On an island scarred by tin mining, mangrove planting preserves shrimp tradition

Many questions, few answers, as conflict deepens between Israelis and Palestinians

Editor’s note: Politicians in the US and Europe, like German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas, keep repeating that “Israel has the right of self-defense”. Indeed we see that the horrible violence currently happening in Israel and Gaza tend to be framed by western mainstream as “Israel defending itself from terrorism” at worst, or “clashes … Continue reading Many questions, few answers, as conflict deepens between Israelis and Palestinians

People of Red Mountain Statement of Opposition to Lithium Nevada Corp.’s Proposed Thacker Pass Open Pit Lithium Mine

In this statement, Atsa koodakuh wyh Nuwu (the People of Red Mountain), oppose the proposed Lithium open pit mines in Thacker Pass. They describe the cultural and historical significance of Thacker Pass, and also the environmental and social problems the project will bring. We, Atsa koodakuh wyh Nuwu (the People of Red Mountain) and our … Continue reading People of Red Mountain Statement of Opposition to Lithium Nevada Corp.’s Proposed Thacker Pass Open Pit Lithium Mine

Popular opposition halts a bridge project in a Philippine coral haven

The Philippine government has suspended work on a bridge that would connect the islands of Coron and Culion in the coral rich region of Palawan. Activists, Indigenous groups and marine experts say the project would threaten the rich coral biodiversity in the area as well as the historical shipwrecks that have made the area a … Continue reading Popular opposition halts a bridge project in a Philippine coral haven